Visual presentations can be a powerful tool for communicating new information to multiple people. The slides engage audiences visually and offer plenty of opportunities to capture their attention and dazzle their senses. It’s no wonder why product presentations are such a popular tool for pitching a new product.
Of course, knowing you need a product presentation is only half the battle. You or your team still have to design it. What makes a great product presentation, and how can you design an effective pitch deck?
Want to create a powerful and effective product presentation? Check out these 10 tips for designing a great product presentation:
1. Plan a powerful introduction
How do you plan to introduce yourself and your product? The first few seconds can make or break your product presentation as your audience either becomes enraptured with your topic or shifts its focus elsewhere. How will you engage your viewers and capture their attention? A powerful introduction is key to an efzzwefective presentation. Be sure to create an opening slide that is heavy on visual interaction and communicates a strong statement that leaves people yearning to learn more.
2. Keep everything on brand
A professional slide deck is one that stays on brand from start to finish. You don’t have to spend hours poring over the intricate design details of a PowerPoint deck. Beautiful.ai users can personalize a theme for their entire presentations, customizing all the colors and typography with just a couple of clicks. Users can even add a custom logo to appear on slides, ensuring that the entire deck stays on brand. Beautiful.ai’s Team Plan users can even lock in the right logo and brand elements across the entire organization, guaranteeing that every deck is fully on brand.
3. Use a product roadmap
Product roadmaps are perfect for bringing a vision to life since they include the essential elements of a successful pitch: vision and strategy, goals and objectives, launch timelines and more. Beautiful.ai features a product roadmap template that’s already professionally designed to be the perfect product presentation tool. The template can help users pitch new products to investors, visualize the trajectory of research and development, as well as inform and educate sales teams about up-and-coming products. The slides are already curated; users need only customize the appropriate content, and the presentation can be completed in just a few minutes.
4. Include a demo
Product presentations are designed to demonstrate how a brand can positively influence a buyer, investor or partner. Because most people prefer to see a product in action before making a major purchase, a demonstration video serves as an effective tool for promotion. By walking your audience through a product’s use, you can help viewers understand how your product is the solution to their problems. It’s easy to integrate a product demonstration video using Beautiful.ai, as well as a variety of other PowerPoint-alternative presentation software tools.
5. Feature engaging images
Want to engage your audience and ensure it remembers your product presentation? Add visual elements to your slides. It only makes sense: Studies show people remember about 10% of what they hear after 72 hours, but they can remember 65% if visuals are added to the oral presentation. It’s simple to add images like photos, icons and even infographics to presentations designed using Beautiful.ai. Not only do a plethora of Smart Slides feature eye-catching infographics like bar graphs, pie charts and scattergraphs, but the platform features a vast library with thousands of free stock photos, icons and even company logos.
6. Try a design sprint
A design sprint is a time-constrained process that uses design thinking to introduce a new product better. Through a design sprint, presentation designers can answer critical questions through design, prototyping and experimenting with new ideas over a five-day period. By participating in a design sprint, teams can reduce their risks when bringing a new product to market. While a design sprint can be very effective, many teams may be unsure exactly how to conduct one. Fortunately, Beautiful.ai features a design sprint presentation template to get users started. The customizable template includes everything needed for a design sprint, including the process steps and weekly deliverables.
7. Provide success stories
The proof is in the pudding, and audiences want to hear about examples of a product’s success. While it’s important to describe a product’s features and its benefits, it’s just as crucial to provide specific examples of the new product in action. Tell specific success stories to help cement the product’s value in the minds of your audience members. Even better, feature true success stories from real-life customers. Testimonials have been a tried and true sales tool for centuries, and they can be just as powerful when included in your product presentation slide deck.
8. Create a memorable close
Nobody wants to spend time designing an otherwise stellar presentation and lose their audience with a mundane close. Some speakers will close their product presentation with a call to action, but we recommend closing with a clincher – a final story, a compelling statistic or even an inspirational quote that will leave an audience thinking long after the last slide has concluded. Beautiful.ai users can choose from all sorts of different Smart Slide templates to serve as their closing slide, and add engaging images and even video to help keep an audience interested until the very end of the product presentation and beyond.
9. Delegate with deadlines
Collaboration can be key to designing a powerful product presentation, and the Beautiful.ai Teams Plan makes it easy to get the entire team involved and on task. Delegate different slides or portions of the slide deck to specific team members, then be sure and set deadlines to keep everyone on schedule. There’s no need to worry about scattered slides with the Beautiful.ai Team Plan. Keep everything in one place with our single, searchable library. Slides are instantly synced when changes are made, so everyone is always working on the most current version at all times.
10. Conduct a product reflection
Also known as a project retrospective, a product reflection helps teams dive deep into completed projects, assessing what worked and what could have been better. The process helps to inform future planning, but it has the potential to be a tedious task that gets left by the wayside once a product presentation is completed. By using Beautiful.ai’s project retrospective template, however, project managers can create an effective product reflection in half the time. The customizable template features all the necessary slides for a powerful retrospective including project inventory, time investment, feedback and wins. By using the project retrospective presentation template, teams can better understand where their efforts paid off and how they can improve future projects.